This Is Water

Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life
By David Foster Wallace (Audiobook, 2009)
Only once did David Foster Wallace give a public talk on his views on life, during a commencement address given in 2005 at Kenyon College. The speech is reprinted for the first time in book form in THIS IS WATER. How does one keep from going through their comfortable, prosperous adult life unconsciously? How do we get ourselves out of the foreground of our thoughts and achieve compassion? The speech captures Wallace's electric intellect as well as his grace in attention to others. After his death, it became a treasured piece of writing reprinted in The Wall Street Journal and the London Times, commented on endlessly in blogs, and emailed from friend to friend.

Writing with his one-of-a-kind blend of causal humor, exacting intellect, and practical philosophy, David Foster Wallace probes the challenges of daily living and offers advice that renews us with every reading.
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    • Price: $12.98 US/$14.50 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9781600247309

    • On Sale Date: 04/14/2009

    • Publisher: Hachette Audio

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Only once did David Foster Wallace give a public talk on his views on life, during a commencement address given in 2005 at Kenyon College. The speech is reprinted for the first time in book form in THIS IS WATER. How does one keep from going through their comfortable, prosperous adult life unconsciously? How do we get ourselves out of the foreground of our thoughts and achieve compassion? The speech captures Wallace's electric intellect as well as his grace in attention to others. After his death, it became a treasured piece of writing reprinted in The Wall Street Journal and the London Times, commented on endlessly in blogs, and emailed from friend to friend.

Writing with his one-of-a-kind blend of causal humor, exacting intellect, and practical philosophy, David Foster Wallace probes the challenges of daily living and offers advice that renews us with every reading.

David Foster Wallace was born in Ithaca, New York, in 1962 and raised in Illinois, where he was a regionally ranked junior tennis player. He received bachelor of arts degrees in philosophy and English from Amherst College and wrote what would become his first novel, The Broom of the System, as his senior English thesis. He received a masters of fine arts from University of Arizona in 1987 and briefly pursued graduate work in philosophy at Harvard University. His second novel, Infinite Jest, was published in 1996. Wallace taught creative writing at Emerson College, Illinois State University, and Pomona College, and published the story collections Girl with Curious Hair, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, and Oblivion and the essay collections A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again and Consider the Lobster. He was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, and a Whiting Writers' Award, and was appointed to the Usage Panel for The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. He died in 2008. His last novel, The Pale King, was published in 2011.
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    "Wallace is bracingly insightful... Few of his young peers have spoken as eloquently and feelingly as he has about the hard tasks of the moral imagination that contemporary American life imposes on them." (New York Times Book Review).

  • "Good writing graffitis its perceptions over the world, and it's impossible to get through a day without a Wallace line." (NPR's All Things Considered).

  • "Wallace's eye for cultural detail is ever sharp, his humor ever dry . . .Wallace transcends mere dazzling displays and explores human emotions with sensitivity." (Los Angeles Times Book Review).


  • "Wallace might just be the smartest essayist writing today." (Publishers Weekly).

  • "Wallace is a contemporary American master working at the extreme edge of the radar, asking question after question about the mad, mad world." (The Guardian (UK)).

  • "Wallace's unique talent for delving past the obvious and reading the profound, all the time remaining both entertaining and erudite."
    (Rocky Mountain News).

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This Is Water
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Price: $12.98 US/$14.50 CAN
  • Audio Run Time: 30
  • ISBN-13: 9781600247309
  • On Sale Date: 04/14/2009
This Is Water